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Protecting your baby from the summer sun can feel like a full time job. Especially if your kids are as sunburn prone as mine. My daughter has red hair and pale skin. I swear she can get a sunburn in under a minute. So, I have put a lot of time and effort into finding ways to protect her fair skin. I’ve found some really great tips and tricks that have made my life 1,000x times easier. Now we can enjoy our time outside without constantly worrying about our daughter getting burned. It’s the best! Today, I want to share some of those tricks with you. I hope they are able to help your family and much as they helped mine. If you have any additional tricks you swear by drop them in the comments below!
Avoid peak times – One of the best ways to protect your baby from the sun is to avoid being out during peak times. The sun’s uv rays are typically at their strongest between 10 am and 3 pm. So, try to plan your daily activities first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon. This will help limit your child’s risk for a sunburn during the summer. If you do need to be out during the peak hours of the day be sure to follow the tips listed below.
Use sunscreen – Sunscreen will be your best friend as a parent. However, if your child is younger than 6 months you should try using other forms of protection first. Young babies have thinner skin that may absorb the chemicals in sunscreen more readily than an older child. If sun exposure can’t be avoided you can use small amounts of sunscreen on your infant. After 6 months old sunscreen should be worn anytime they will be outside for a prolonged period of time. There are a lot of great sunscreen options on the market right now. Personally, we love using Babyganics’ mineral-based sunscreen for our daughter.
Dress baby appropriately – A great way to protect your child from the sun’s uv rays is to dress them appropriately from head to toe. Let’s start with the head. Although it is difficult, you should try to get your baby to wear a wide brimmed sun hat. The earlier you expose them to it the more likely they are to allow it. Now onto the body. Dress your baby in long sleeved tops and pants whenever possible. Select pieces that are light in color and cotton to help keep them cool. Another great option is uv protective clothing. Pieces like this are the best way to protect your babies delicate skin. They are especially useful if they are below that 6 month mark and can’t use sunscreen.
Stay in the shade – One of the best ways to protect your child from the sun is to simply avoid it. Keep your baby out of the sun’s rays by taking advantage of any shaded areas you can find. For example, if you are going to a baseball game be sure to sit under a covered area. Another great way to take advantage of the shade is by hanging out under the trees when playing in the yard. Shade can be a great way to keep your baby cool and protected during the summer. However, it’s important to remember that the sun’s uv rays can still get to your baby in the shade. So, be sure to take other precautions as well such as dressing appropriately and using sunscreen.
Don’t forget about the car – Your baby isn’t just exposed to the sun’s rays when they are outside. They also risk exposure while in the car. Unfortunately, the glass in car windows cannot fully protect your baby from the uv rays. This means that your baby could potentially get sunburned while in the car if you don’t take the proper precautions. One of the best ways to protect your child is by installing mesh sun shades to your rear windows. We use Brica’s white hot sun shades in our car and love them. They hook over the top of the window and then suction cup to the bottom. We’ve never had an issue with them falling off. Speaking of the car – have you tried using the Noggle yet? It’s a great tool to help get the air conditioning back to your child to keep them cool.